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Personal income tax and homestead declaration due May 17

The Vermont Dept. of Taxes reminds Vermonters of the upcoming May 17 due date for federal and Vermont personal income taxes. Earlier this year, the federal and state filing due dates were extended to provide taxpayers additional time to navigate challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic or manage extra complexity in their tax returns this year.

In addition to this reminder that the income tax filing deadline is nearing, the department also reminds Vermonters to file their Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Credit Claim no later than May 17. 

Filings received between May 17 and Oct. 15 are subject to late fees assessed by a taxpayer’s town; the tax commissioner does not have authority to waive them. 

“We know that Vermonters are focused on getting vaccinated so filing taxes may not be at the forefront of everybody’s mind, but it is important to file a tax return or extension by May 17 to avoid late charges. Also, many will receive a tax refund or a property tax credit which may help lessen the continued financial hardship caused by the pandemic,” stated Tax Commissioner Craig Bolio.

Taxpayers are encouraged to file all documents electronically using tax software, a tax preparer, or the department’s taxpayer portal at Taxpayers must pay 90% of their 2020 tax liability by May 15 and may file to extend the balance (10%) to October 15 to avoid being charged a fine and interest.

Taxpayers having trouble filing Homestead Declarations and Property Tax Credit Claims may call (802) 828-2865 for help. Information on upcoming tax filing deadlines and these programs is available on the department’s website at

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